Staycation - Local Getaway Around Kootenay Lake

Staycation - Local Getaway Around Kootenay Lake

If you’re dreaming of a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway, plan a staycation in our region for a day, or two, or even a week. There's plenty to discover. Our region's unique small town charm set amidst inspiring wilderness provides plenty for all ages, and styles of traveller. And with a variety of top-notch accommodation options, you’ll find comfortable and cozy places to stay in a spectacular setting. 

Kaslo and Balfour 

Thinking of a quiet escape in nature? Wing Creek Resort, just north of Kaslo, offers luxurious and fully equipped cabins overlooking Kootenay Lake. South of Kaslo, the Sentinel features seven luxury rooms for a personal retreat. 

A short drive south and you’ll find Kootenay Lakeview Spa & Resort. It provides a peaceful setting above Balfour Golf Course and Kootenay Lake. Balfour is also the gateway to the Kootenay Lake Ferry, which offers free services crossing the lake. Check the ferry website or for updated schedules. 

East Shore of Kootenay Lake

Kokanee Springs Golf Resort on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake features villas and cottages right on site. Play a round (or a few) at one of the most beautiful courses in Canada. Boccalino, at the ferry landing, has comfortable accommodations and dining.  As you venture into Crawford Bay enjoy the array of artisans and stunning surroundings at nearby Kokanee Chalets, Destiny Bay and Soul's Paradise Resort

Nelson & Area

As the cultural hub of the region, Nelson offers a unique combination of amenities on the doorstep to outdoor adventure. There is an abundance of acclaimed restaurants, cafes and breweries, with many featuring funky dining areas and spacious patios.

For prime waterfront views, the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson can’t be beat. The largest hotel in the region offers a wide variety of rooms, including recently renovated contemporary suites. The Hume Hotel & Spa is ideally centred in the heart of downtown Nelson, and lives up to its claim of “antique, chic, boutique” and features multiple eateries on site. Nelson’s rich heritage is also prominent at the Cloudside Hotel in town, while the Adventure Hotel, Prestige Inn, Alpine Inn, and Baker Street Inn all provide comfortable and convenient stays within the compact downtown. 

Just outside of Nelson you’ll find a variety of lodging options with their own special character. Combining history with a grand garden estate, the Blaylock Mansion is an attractive retreat only a ten-minute drive from Nelson along the scenic north shore of Kootenay Lake. Families and couples will appreciate the self-contained suites at Kokanee Glacier Resort in a tranquil setting between Nelson and Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. Those who value privacy, nature and luxury will find Logden Lodge ideal. Located between Nelson and the tiny hamlet of Ymir (with an amazing baker), the lodge provides easy access to the nearby rail trail and recreational opportunities nearby. 

With so many well maintained and character accommodations to choose from, and some of the most beautiful waterfront routes to drive, a road trip around the Kootenay Lake region is a sure bet for a relaxing and refreshing holiday. Don't forget to download the Kootenay Lake Road Trip App to discover the stories behind the Kootenay Lake region.

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